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Apple discontinues iPod nano and iPod shuffle, updates iPod touch prices and capacities

I still love and use my iPod classic 160Gb almost everyday.

Posted by Stealthdiggers on September 17, 2017 at 6:49 AM (CDT)

4K Movies begin appearing on iTunes

Well, in this context “iTunes” refers to the iTunes Store, which is where they’re appearing on the Apple TV and on iOS devices.
I’ve long wished Apple would divorce the app name from the store name, but I suspect it’s too late for that. Even the name “iTunes” stopped making logical sense a long time ago.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 16, 2017 at 8:19 AM (CDT)

Apple drops prices on iPhone SE, raises them on AppleCare+, iPad Pro models

While the iPhone 6S may be a two year old phone, it’s still in Apple’s line-up and actively being sold, so it is one of “the current slate of larger iPhones.”  (I’m a hopeless semantic, too.)
I knew about the lower resolution front-facing camera, but it’s a kindness to the Internet that Apple is discouraging me from taking selfies. :)
I also knew about the lack of 3D touch, thought it’s a feature that I actually wanted to avoid; it’s one of those things that seems to be aimed at users who memorize untold numbers of gestures, which is not a good description of me.
As to screen brightness and contrast, all mobile phones are lousy.  I want something that I can use in bright sunlight on my boat and get the same kind of screen brightness that I see from my GPS chartplotter/fishfinder—especially since that provides a WiFi network over which screen data moves, allowing a mobile device to act as a remote screen, such as when fishing at the back of the boat.

Posted by Facts Appear Directly Below on September 16, 2017 at 3:36 AM (CDT)

4K Movies begin appearing on iTunes

So the title should be “4K titles start appearing on Apple TV - but NOT on iTunes”

Posted by Chopdog on September 16, 2017 at 1:25 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

Me too, I’m not investing in Apples software games anymore. not pleased that my favorite apps won’t work with iOS 11 so I’m NOT updating., They need to learn the word CONTINUITY. That’s why I wear a real watch instead of a piece of disposable junk that drains the grid with every night charging, And now they want to sell us a charger that can charge up to three items and drain the world’s energy even more.Not eco at all.

Posted by Stef on September 15, 2017 at 7:27 AM (CDT)

Apple's wireless charger set to debut in 2018; Belkin's coming this week

How ironic. Even Samsung’s own Qi Charger will work with iPhone 8/X.

Posted by Soundjudgment ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ on September 14, 2017 at 11:47 AM (CDT)

Apple drops prices on iPhone SE, raises them on AppleCare+, iPad Pro models

You’re totally right that the size is probably the key factor for most people, but to be fair, even the iPhone 6s is now a two-year-old iPhone model, so it’s still fair to say that the iPhone SE doesn’t include “all the bells and whistles that come with the current slate of larger iPhones” :)
Compared to the iPhone 6s, the iPhone SE also lacks 3D Touch and uses the old iPhone 5s display panel, so the brightness and contrast ratio isn’t quite on par with the iPhone 6s. The front-facing camera is also only 1.2MP as opposed to the iPhone 6s’ 5MP camera.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 14, 2017 at 8:51 AM (CDT)

Apple drops prices on iPhone SE, raises them on AppleCare+, iPad Pro models

“The SE has proven popular among those who don’t need all the bells and whistles that come with the current slate of larger iPhones…”
No, the SE has proven popular among those who prefer a more compact mobile phone. I have an iPad Pro 12.9” with cellular data, so I don’t need my iPhone to do double duty as a mobile phone that is too big and a tablet that is too small.
The iPhone SE is pretty much an iPhone 6s in an iPhone 5s form factor.  It’s got the same CPU, GPU, camera, RAM, and so on.  It really doesn’t lack for “bells and whistles” compared to the iPhone 6s.

Posted by Facts Appear Directly Below on September 14, 2017 at 8:41 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

I am sooo tired of Apple’s anal retentive deletions of things I use. Change for the sake of change is becoming a mantra at apple. What was so bad about having apps and sounds on itunes. How do I back up now !!!! Complete fools !!!! forcing me to use the cloud for backups. I don’t care if I have a few gigs of un needed storage on my imac. I had to use a samsung phone for 2 days and while performance was almost as good as my 7 the customization and options available were amazing. Apple ” we love to put seams in our seamless ecosystem “

Posted by francine geary on September 14, 2017 at 8:19 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

I’m still looking into the nuances of this — we’ll probably publish a feature article on what’s changed in iTunes 12.7 in the next couple of days — but my guess is that the iTunes’ capacity bar is probably wrong. Iit wouldn’t be the first time.
Check the actual capacity on your iPhone in the “About” section in your iOS Settings app and see if that matches. If there truly is more free space, than I suppose it’s impressive that Apple was smart enough to design iTunes 12.7 to clean up some of the old cruft that it may have been keeping on the iPhone for syncing purposes.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 14, 2017 at 7:59 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

Thanks for adding that. To be fair, it’s technically been safe to delete all of the mobile apps from iTunes for a while (going back to at least iTunes 11), even if you were syncing your iPhone with iTunes directly, since apps don’t “auto sync” in the same way as music.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 14, 2017 at 7:55 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

But what the heck happened to the apps on my iPhone?  When syncing and backing up with iTunes, the apps category of the colored storage size on the bottom went away.  I went from 15GB free to 33GB free.  It appears my iPhone has more available storage than it actually does.

Posted by Gomps on September 14, 2017 at 6:46 AM (CDT)

Apple unveils iPhone X with Face ID

Thank you, Jesse, for the clarification. Now it makes sense.

Posted by Jean-Claude Landau on September 13, 2017 at 10:47 PM (CDT)

Apple debuts iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Oops, of course. Thanks for catching that! It’s been fixed.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 13, 2017 at 2:46 PM (CDT)

Apple debuts iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The base memory is 64GB not 32GB.

Posted by Paul Legato on September 13, 2017 at 2:36 PM (CDT)

Apple releases Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular Capabilities

Basically, yes. Since Apple is using the “eSIM” technology and it shares the same number as the iPhone, the carriers have to support the technology in the first place. It sounds like as a minimum they’ll need to support VoLTE, but there may be other requirements as well, and not every carrier is even on board yet.
It also appears that most carriers will be charging an additional fee for the service — $5 to $10 by the looks of it. The good news, however, is that other than subscribing to whatever service your carrier requires, the actual set up and provisioning is done entirely from the iPhone.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 13, 2017 at 12:16 PM (CDT)

Apple releases Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular Capabilities

Does the LTE Apple watch require any new arraignments with one’s cellular provider?

Posted by Mr_Productive on September 13, 2017 at 11:49 AM (CDT)

Apple unveils iPhone X with Face ID

I’m fairly certain that playback will avoid that entire area, so you’ll still have a rectangle.
Keep in mind that the iPhone X has a much taller/wider aspect ratio than previous iPhone models, so you’re not really losing anything here either. The resolution is 2436 x 1125 which translates to 2.17:1. Since most video content is 16:9 (1.78:1), that means that the loss of that little bit of the screen edge when watching in landscape mode is going to be pretty inconsequential.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 13, 2017 at 11:48 AM (CDT)

Apple unveils iPhone X with Face ID

Missing the point. I am not talking of the status areas, left and right of the “controls” area. I am speaking of the controls area (the dark area) impairing on my “viewing” pleasure.

Posted by Jean-Claude Landau on September 13, 2017 at 11:30 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

I can confirm it’s totally safe to delete the “mobile applications” folder (which held all the iOS apps) from your computer.  But I recommend copying it to an external drive first in case you ever need to reinstall an app that’s no longer available on the app store that your device accesses directly.
I’m happy that desktop iTunes removed iOS app management.  It was mostly redundant Over the years, I’ve accumulated 75GB worth of iOS apps in the “mobile applications” folder.  I’ve now reclaimed that space on my Macbook Pro’s SSD.

Posted by RC on September 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

You’re welcome! I only know because some enterprising user on reddit posted a link to the Apple tech article that explained this. I was just a liiiiiitle bit annoyed till I saw that. I have a ton of custom ringtones and alerts on my iPhone, and was NOT enthused at the prospect of losing them all…

Posted by Daniel Skatter on September 13, 2017 at 10:33 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

Good tip, thanks!

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 13, 2017 at 10:31 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

To clarify, you CAN still use iTunes to put these things on your iPhone. Instead of using iTunes directly by checking the ones you want to add, you drag them onto your phone in iTunes from the Finder or from Windows Explorer.
This doesn’t kill custom ringtones or the ability to put archived apps back on your iPhone, but it does kill your ability to download ringtones or apps directly to your computer.

Posted by Daniel Skatter on September 13, 2017 at 10:29 AM (CDT)

Apple to expand 'TV' app to seven additional countries, add Live Sports

Do these other broadcasters have tvOS apps? The thing with Apple’s TV app is that it only really ties into those companies that already have a presence on the tvOS App Store to begin with, so if the broadcasters aren’t already on the Apple TV with their own apps, they’re not going to be supported.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 13, 2017 at 8:26 AM (CDT)

Apple to expand 'TV' app to seven additional countries, add Live Sports

My5 is on the screen grab above, which is Channel 5’s online presence. Disappointing to not see ITV and 4 though. Looks like I’ll be using my youview box for a while longer.

Posted by Greg Edwards on September 13, 2017 at 8:19 AM (CDT)

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